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Maurice Thompson

a.k.a. James Madison Thompson

Author Code: AMTH

Born: Sep. 9, 1844 - Fairfield, Indiana, USA

Died: Feb. 15, 1901 - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA

Educated at home by his mother and by private tutors, Thompson had many interests as a young man including ornithology, archery and sketching. His family moved frequently during his youth and he spent time in Kentucky and Georgia. He served for two years in the Civil War on the Confederate side. After the war, he moved to Indiana where he was emplpoyed in civil engineering before beginning to study law. He opened a law office in Crawfordsville in 1871 and practiced law for a number of years. It was also at this time that he began to submit articles and short stories to leading magazines such as Atlantic Monthly and Harper's Monthly. The acceptance of these, and their popularity, finally convinced him to write full-time. In 1875, he published Hoosier Mosaics, a collection of short stories which proved popular. In 1879 he was elected to the state legislature and in 1885 he was appointed state geologist and chief of the department of natural history for Indiana. In 1900, he published the historical novel, Alice of Old Vincennes, which was an instant success and became a best-seller. Unfortunately, he was unable to bask in the glory of that success when he contracted pneumonia and died the following year. Thompson was also the founder and first president of the National Archery Association. His other works include The Witchery of Archery (1876), A Tallahassee Girl (1882), Songs of Fair Weather (1883), A Banker of Bankersville (1886), Sylvan Secrets (1887), A Fortnight of Folly (1888), Poems (1892) and Lincoln's Grave (1894).

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